Are You Grounded in Your Beliefs?

Fresh Manna
By Pastor Tim Burt

In Ephesians 4, the Apostle Paul teaches us God desires us as Christians to grow up and mature becoming productive members of the body of Christ that learn how to reach, teach, and touch others with the love of God. Verses 14 and 15 say, “Then we will no longer be like children, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching forever changing our minds about what we believe because someone has told us something different or because someone has cleverly lied to us and made the lie sound like the truth. Instead, we will hold to the truth in love, becoming more and more in every way like Christ who is the head of his body, the church. “

Media will teach us that sex before marriage is okay. That making fun of the President is okay. That homosexuality is just an alternative lifestyle. That abortion isn’t the taking of a life. That defending your country against terrorists is an act of aggression. The media will desensitize us to crime and murder and senseless violence. It will make profanity a part of normal communication. Does God agree with all this? When the world of opinions fly, people get discouraged and think, “There is no truth – it’s all a matter of perspective and opinion.” When someone comes to that conclusion, Satan has won. Wrong from right becomes blurred. There are no more absolutes. That leads to this conclusion. “People can do whatever they want as long as it doesn’t affect anyone else.” That’s a myth because everything everyone does affects someone else – eventually!

So what do we think? We let God become the anchor of our thoughts so we aren’t tossed to and fro like children. God wants to be the anchor of our soul and the primary input to our counsel – the adviser on how we think.

Ephes. 4:17-31 says, “Live no longer as the ungodly do, for they are hopelessly confused. Their closed minds are full of darkness; they are far away from the life of God because they have shut their minds and hardened their hearts against Him. They don’t care anymore about right and wrong, and they have given themselves over to immoral ways. Their lives are filled with all kinds of impurity and greed. But that isn’t what you were taught when you learned about Christ. Since you have heard all about Him and have learned the truth that is in Jesus, throw off your old evil nature and your former way of life, which is rotten through and through, full of lust and deception. Instead, there must be a spiritual renewal of your thoughts and attitudes. You must display a new nature because you are a new person, created in God’s likeness—righteous, holy, and true…”

Hebrews 13:8 says, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and today, and forever.” He never changes! World views, morals, and believes shift with the wind. Don’t you be tossed to and fro. Make God’s Word the anchor for all you believe and for how you live.

In His Love,
Pastor Tim

Published by Pastor Tim Burt
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